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Employment & Pensions

Belgium

For your business to be successful, the relationship with your employees as well as your employee representatives such as works councils and unions is crucial. Employment and pension law in Europe is complex and, at times, contradictory, whether you are dealing with salary packages, employment contracts, equal opportunities and restrictive covenants or restructurings and mergers and acquisitions.

European directives, European court decisions, national laws, local cases and precedent must all be taken into account by your management team.

Our 280-strong group of sector specialists in Employment & Pensions law in Europe and beyond can help you navigate the maze of HR regulations, their practical application and other legal complexities you must contend with on a daily basis.

If your business crosses borders, you will be faced with additional legal hurdles before achieving the outcome you need.

With a global network covering 33 countries, we can help solve your problems across all the jurisdictions in which you operate or plan to operate - whether your issue relates to employment contracts, pension schemes, redundancies, M&A, collective labour law, social security or litigation.

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Col­lab­or­at­ive eco­nomy: new leg­al frame­work enters in­to full force...
On 1 Ju­ly 2016, Bel­gi­um be­came one of the first European coun­tries to pass le­gis­la­tion on the col­lab­or­at­ive (or shar­ing) eco­nomy (Pro­gram Act of 1 Ju­ly 2016). Ad­op­ted un­der the lead­er­ship of Al­ex­an­der De Croo, the Di­git­al Agenda Fed­er­al Min­is­ter, this new le­gis­la­tion...
Faster re­cov­ery of un­dis­puted so­cial se­cur­ity debts with writ of ex­e­cu­tion
Since 1 Janu­ary 2017, the law ex­pli­citly provides for a gen­er­al op­tion for the Na­tion­al So­cial Se­cur­ity Of­fice (“NSSO”) to re­cov­er un­dis­puted debts by means of a writ of ex­e­cu­tion. This means that the NSSO can provide it­self an en­force­able title (a writ of...
24/06/2016
CMS Guide to Em­ploy­ment Is­sues in an M&A Trans­ac­tion

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07/06/2017
CMS On your radar - June 2017
Key em­ploy­ment is­sues across Europe and bey­ond
18/05/2017
Tech­no­logy at the Work­place – A European Over­view of Em­ploy­ment Law...
We can no longer ima­gine our pro­fes­sion­al life without mod­ern in­form­a­tion and com­mu­nic­a­tion tech­no­logy. As a rule, em­ploy­ers provide their em­ploy­ees with tech­nic­al aids, such as smart­phones or note­books.
24/06/2016
CMS Guide to Em­ploy­ment Is­sues in an M&A Trans­ac­tion
27/02/2017
Col­lab­or­at­ive eco­nomy: new leg­al frame­work enters in­to full force...
On 1 Ju­ly 2016, Bel­gi­um be­came one of the first European coun­tries to pass le­gis­la­tion on the col­lab­or­at­ive (or shar­ing) eco­nomy (Pro­gram Act of 1 Ju­ly 2016). Ad­op­ted un­der the lead­er­ship of Al­ex­an­der De Croo, the Di­git­al Agenda Fed­er­al Min­is­ter, this new le­gis­la­tion.
26/01/2017
Faster re­cov­ery of un­dis­puted so­cial se­cur­ity debts with writ of ex­e­cu­tion
Since 1 Janu­ary 2017, the law ex­pli­citly provides for a gen­er­al op­tion for the Na­tion­al So­cial Se­cur­ity Of­fice (“NSSO”) to re­cov­er un­dis­puted debts by means of a writ of ex­e­cu­tion. This means that the NSSO can provide it­self an en­force­able title (a writ of.
23/12/2016
Bel­gian rules re­gard­ing work­ing time at off­shore wind farms
With ap­prox­im­ately 712 MW off­shore wind ca­pa­city at present, and the con­struc­tion of five new off­shore wind farms, Bel­gi­um is a world­wide lead­er in the off­shore pro­duc­tion of elec­tri­city. In 2020, 2400 MW shall be in­stalled along Bel­gi­um’s coast.
09/12/2016
Are we wit­ness­ing the rise of su­per level eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment risks?
In a few years’ time we may look back and say that it was in 2015/2016 when leg­al pro­ceed­ings and re­cent policy changes com­bined to pro­duce mani­fest ser­i­ous trans­fron­ti­er and trans-sec­tor com­mer­cial and eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment risk.
05/12/2016
ABS Reg­u­la­tion - Draft Bi­otech Sec­tor Stake­hold­er Guid­ance
Views are be­ing sought from in­ter­ested stake­hold­ers on European guid­ance for the bi­o­tech­no­logy sec­tor con­cern­ing the EU’s ac­cess to ge­net­ic re­sources and shar­ing of be­ne­fits from util­isa­tion le­gis­la­tion – namely the ABS Reg­u­la­tion.
05/12/2016
An­oth­er at­tempt to tackle the wage gap
On 2 Novem­ber 2016, the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters ap­proved a pro­pos­al of Min­is­ter of Em­ploy­ment Kris Peeters to modi­fy the Law of 26 Ju­ly 1996 re­gard­ing em­ploy­ment pro­mo­tion and com­pet­it­ive­ness pro­tec­tion, in re­spect of the re­mu­ner­a­tion mar­gin.
07/06/2016
Trade Secrets Dir­ect­ive ap­proved by the European Coun­cil
On 27 May the European Coun­cil ap­proved the Dir­ect­ive on the pro­tec­tion of un­dis­closed know-how and busi­ness in­form­a­tion (trade secrets) against their un­law­ful ac­quis­i­tion, use and dis­clos­ure ("Trade Secrets Dir­ect­ive").